Jason Fritz Memorial Endowment Fund and Scholarship Program

In March 2021, Michigan Drum Corps Scholarship Fund cofounder and board member Jason Fritz passed away in a motorcycle accident. He was a mentor for us, a pillar of the Michigan band community, and a steadfast supporter of the activity and his students.

We will miss his presence and wisdom forever, but Jason’s legacy of optimism and leadership call us to look forward and continue to serve. It was in this spirit that we established the Jason Fritz Memorial Endowment Fund and scholarship program. From July through September 2021, the Michigan band community helped us raise over $11,000. We are humbled by every donor’s generosity, whether they donated $5 or $500, and feel grateful for the trust they placed in us to build something in Jason’s memory.

In October 2021, we established the Jason Fritz Memorial Endowment Fund with the Battle Creek Community Foundation. The Battle Creek Community Foundation meets National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, and their priorities and dedication to community align with ours very well. They have a consistent track record with investments and we are excited to be working with them.

The endowment will support an annual scholarship for DCI drum majors. Jason believed that student leadership was one of the most important parts of the activity and that his bands were never truly has - rather, they belonged to his students. Drum majors influence not only how good a band can become, but its dedication to core values of inclusivity and personal growth. Young student leaders learn lessons about leadership and fostering a culture of excellence that will serve them well in whatever walk of life they choose.